On Writing A Book


Even though it is memior, writing a book is not easy.  I have been working on mine, on and off, for the past couple of years. As mentioned in my previous post, it is pretty much written and is in the editing process. Today however,  I came across a trove of forty-six year old letters (mostly from my dad and mom) during the period I write about in my book.  I cannot ignore them if I want to be a good author! Therefore, I need to read each one and cull relevant tidbits about what was going on in that era, and how it might have impacted me. For example here is a cool little excerpt from my dad, in a letter to me dated December 28, 1972:

“We didn’t get any mail from you yesterday and I know we won’t get any today because the Post Offices are closed due to Truman’s funeral.  The Federal Gov’t declared a day off for all Federal workers.  You should get the day off also.”

Whether or not I got the day off on our ship I do not remember, but it is interesting that Nj0DPPvLQ6ySsnPJs+lyjApeople who were born in the late 1800’s were dying around this time. Harry S. Truman, 33rd President of the United States was born in 1884.

I also found two notes from my grandparents (my grandchildren’s great-great grandparents). There was nothing of interest for my book, but it was something to see their actual handwriting.

The next few weeks are a bust, as far as getting any work done, since leave for Cambodia early next week–So I have my work cut out for me when I return. Maybe my publishing date will be closer to fall of 2018?

Author: pastor roger

Pastor Roger is retired Executive Director of Hope Now For Youth. Hope Now is a Christian rescue organization. The ministry helps young gang members get out of the gang life and into a job. He is a licensed pastor in Hope Now Bible Church where he preaches on various Sundays throughout the year and leads an adult Bible study during the week. He serves on the Board of Directors and assists the new executive director as the organization’s Director of Communications and Director of Cambodia Ministries. He graduated with High Honors from Moody Bible Institute with a Bachelors degree in Biblical Studies. He attended Riverside Community College, Biola College (University), and he received his certificate in Strategic Planning and Management in Retailing from Babson College. Roger was a member of the U.S. Coast Guard in the early 70s. In 1980 he began a 24-year career with Berean Christian Stores (now Lifeway Christian Stores). In 2000 he became president of the company and served in that position for four years. He became Executive Director and CEO of Hope Now For Youth in 2004 and retired from that position in 2018. He has traveled to Antarctica, Chile, Peru, Mexico, Canada, New Zealand, South Pacific Islands, Cambodia, Italy, France, Germany, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Jordan and Israel. In 1975 he married Carol and has two married daughters and eight grandchildren (Six grandsons and two granddaughters). He believes in the U.S. Constitution and supports all efforts to defend it. Roger enjoys learning how to be a better writer, coffee (not tea) reading, playing golf, watching (soon to be World Champions Dodgers) baseball, and hanging out with his grandkids.

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